Casino Royale, 2006

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Prague: Prague Ruzyne Airport

Tourism: Prague Tourist Information

Národní Muzeum, Natural History Museum, Václavské nám 68: Information for visitors

Strahov Monastery, Strahovské nádvorí 1/132. Library Open daily throughout the year (except 25 December and Easter Sunday) 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., lunchtime break 12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Admission: CZK 80

Grandhotel Pupp, Mírové námesti 2, 360 91 Karlovy Vary. Tel: +420 353 109 630 - 1, Fax: +420 353 226 638; E-mail: reservation@pupp.cz

Bahamas: Nassau International Airport

Bahamas Travel

Bahamas Tourism

One and Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Tel: 242 363 2501; toll free US: 1 888 528 7157; outside US: +1 954 809 2150.

Como: Flights: Milan, Linate or Malpensa airports

Como is approximately 40 miles north of Milan on the A9 Motorway (remember that there are tolls to pay). From Como, drive about 15 miles north on the 340 along Lake Como's western shore, to the village of Lenno. The Villa del Balbianello is a short walk from the village

Venice: Flights: Marco Polo Airport

Tourism: Venice Tourism


Trivia

Casino Royale shares locations with many other films. Prague's National Museum is seen in Brian de Palma's Mission Impossible.

Lake Como's Villa Balbianello became the ‘Lake Country’ retreat for Attack of the Clones

>Casino Royale film location: Grandhotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Casino Royale film location: Bond and Vesper stay at the 'Hotel Splendide' in 'Montenegro': Grandhotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Photograph: Grandhotel Pupp

He's no idea about dinner jackets and doesn't have double-o status. Like Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, James Bond is given a realism re-boot in the guise of Daniel Craig.

One Bond tradition unchanged is the globetrotting plot and, once again, it's more deceptive than at first sight. There’s no ‘Madagascar’ and there’s no ‘Miami’. And no ‘Montenegro’. Most of the film was shot in the Czech Republic (with sets at Prague's famous Barrandov Studios) and the inevitable Bahamas.

The opening b/w sequence, in which Bond earns his licence to kill by – erm – killing, is honest enough. The office block is Danube House, Karolinská 650/1, a brand new office in the River City Prague complex on the banks of the Vltava River, in the Karlin district of Prague.

But the money deal of Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in the rebel camp in 'Mbale, Uganda' is a little closer to Bond's traditional Pinewood Studio home. Not Africa, but the English Home Counties. Black Park, alongside the studios in Buckinghamshire, familiar as an 007 location since Goldfinger and often standing in for 'Transylvania' in many a Hammer pic.

It's a bit further from home for 'Madagascar', where Bond chases bomb-maker Mollaka from a snake-mongoose fight to the 'Nambutu Embassy'. The sunnier locations were found in another favourite Bond hangout, Nassau in the Bahamas. The construction site was an abandoned hotel site at Coral Harbour on New Providence Island that was under construction 30 years ago. It was used to film hotel rooms for the 1965 movie Thunderball and it was also used for 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me as a camera platform, with models and workshops. It is now part of a military base.

After Bond kills Mollaka, M (Judi Dench) gets a dressing down from her superiors in the Committee Room at the 'House of Commons'. “Christ, I miss the Cold War... ” she bemoans. But that's not London.

The book lined lobby is the library of Prague's Strahov Monastery, Strahovské nádvorí 1/132. You can visit the historic library, which is open daily (admission charge). The library has previously appeared in Johnny Depp-Jack the Ripper movie From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Dungeons and Dragons.

>Casino Royale film location: One and Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Nassau, the Bahamas

Casino Royale film location: Bond stays in the Bahamas: One and Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Nassau, the Bahamas

Photograph: One and Only Ocean Club, Nassau

A little more honesty now as Bond hares off to Nassau for real. His laptop shows an accurate map of Paradise Island – a smart change of name for this one-time Thunderball location – which was once called Hog Island.

Bond gets an ocean-view villa (Villa 1085, if you want to stay Bond-style) at the luxurious One and Only Ocean Club (not too bad for a moment's notice). You'll find the resort, which opened as a hotel in 1962, on the eastern end of the island, across from Nassau Harbour. On his way to the poker game with Dimitrios (in the hotel's lobby), Bond passes through the Versailles Gardens, inspired by those of the Chateau de Versailles.

Although Bond is informed that the home of Dimitrios, owner of the smart 1964 Aston Martin, is “just up the beach” – it isn't. The minor villain's seafront property is the Albany Golf and Beach Club, a private luxury resort across New Providence Island, down on the southwest tip, part-owned by the determinedly un-villainous Tiger Woods. This is where Bond emerges, Andress-style, from the sea.

Casino Royale film location: Ministry Of Transport, Prague

Casino Royale location: the ‘Miami Bodyworlds’ exhibition: Ministry of Transport, Nábrezí Ludvíka Svobody, Nové Mësto, Prague

Photograph: wikimedia / Aktron

Bond follows the ‘Ellipsis’ trail to 'Miami'. Well, no. The 'Miami' airport is Prague Ruzyne Airport, the city's international airport, 17km to the northwest of the city. The runways, on which Bond saves the gigantic Skyfleet prototype from a bomb attack, however, is Dunsfold Aerodrome, near Guildford in Surrey.

And the 'Miami Body Worlds' exhibition? Not Florida, but Prague again. The exterior is the Ministry of Transport (Ministerstvo Dopravy Ceské Republiky), Nábrezí Ludvíka Svobody 1222 Praha 1, in Nové Mësto; while the interior is the Vitkov Monument in Vitkov Park, on the hill between Zizkov and Karlin. Their are great views from the hill, and the monument is occasionally open for events. Coincidentally, both of these locations were previously featured in Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy.

Now it's off to ‘Montenegro’. The ‘Hotel Splendide’, into which Bond and Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) check, can be found in the town of Karlovy Vary in Bohemia, west Czech Republic. It's the Grandhotel Pupp, Mírové námesti 2, 360 91 Karlovy Vary. This is also the hotel in which Queen Latifah thought she was spending her Last Holiday in 2006. Its design also inspired the look of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

‘Casino Royale’ itself is the old Kaiserbad Spa in the town. The picturesque town square in which Bond meets his contact Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini), is the town of Loket.

The lakeside sanatorium at which Bond recovers, after having his itch scratched by Le Chiffre, may be familiar to movie fans. It's Villa del Balbianello, near the village of Lenno, about 15 miles north of Como on Lake Como's western shore. The villa, standing on the tip of a steep, wooded promontory, was the ‘Lake Country’ retreat in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

>Casino Royale film location: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Casino Royale film location: Bond recovers at the sanatorium: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Bond and Vesper head to Venice, sailing their yacht along the Canal Grande between the Accademia and Rialto bridges. But even this is not so simple as it seems. You won't be able to stay at the venerable luxury hotel with its spectacular view of Piazza San Marco. You might recognise the hotel's grand lobby as the site of the disastrous operation at the beginning of Brian de Palma's Mission Impossible. It's Prague's Národní Muzeum, Natural History Museum, Václavské nám 68, on Wenceslas Square.

>Casino Royale film location: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Casino Royale film location: interior of the grand 'Venetian' hotel: National Museum, Prague

Photograph: Glen Platts

The palazzo which appears to collapse into the water, is on Venice's Canal Grande opposite the Rialto's vegetable market. Don't worry – it's still there. Its spectacular demise was, of course, reconstructed in the studio, on the 007 Stage at Pinewood in the UK.

Finally, the villa to which Bond traces the mysterious Mr White, is back on Lake Como. It's the 1920s faux-Medieval Villa La Gaeta, a private villa at Sant'Abbondio, on the edge of the lake in the shadow of the Bregagno, it is the mouth of the Val Senagra, a protected wildlife area still inhabited by deer.

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